I studied in Tokyo from 2010 to 2014 and noticed a lot of cultural differences between Japan and my country so to deal with my culture shock, I started creating comic strips about them. I hope my comics will help more foreigners like myself understand Japan and the Japanese people better, as well as increase awareness about some changes in behavior we might have to make when we visit. These comic strips were selected from a collection of over 300 that I created between 2012 and 2015 and posted on my Facebook page. I also compiled these illustrations into two books: "Eva, Kopi and Matcha" and "Eva, Kopi and Matcha 2.0" which are available on Amazon and other eBook platforms (Kindle, iBooks, Google Books, Kobo).

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#1

Amazing Clean Toilets

Amazing Clean Toilets

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#2

No Service Charge And Tips

No Service Charge And Tips

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#3

Eating Noodles

Eating Noodles

Slurping noodles to eat in Japan is perfectly fine and it is said that they will taste better too.

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#4

Station Masters

Station Masters

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#5

Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

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#6

Baths

Baths

Japanese enjoy taking hot baths too, especially hot spring baths. (monkeys are there for humor, you won't get to dip with any, sorry!)

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#7

Japanese Service

Japanese Service

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#8

Toilets

Toilets

The toilets are always wet in Malaysia and there's always no toilet papers.

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#9

Fruits

Fruits

Anybody bought the expensive Japanese fruits before? Like the melon or the insanely priced grapes...

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#10

The Last Stop

The Last Stop

If you fall deep asleep on the bus in the US, it may be your last stop...

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#11

Vending Machines

Vending Machines

There are vending machines almost everywhere, even at places where life-forms doesn't seem to exist.

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#12

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

Strangely Japanese celebrates Christmas not with turkey and ham, but with KFC...

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#14

Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets

Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets

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#15

Smartphones

Smartphones

You can't turn off camera shutter sound on Japanese smartphones due to privacy and upskirt photo taking.

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#16

Tattoos

Tattoos

If the tattoo is small, it can be covered with plaster to enter into the public bath houses or swimming pool.

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#17

Getting Off The Train

Getting Off The Train

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#18

Kids After Finishing Their Food

Kids After Finishing Their Food

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#19

Active Elderly

Active Elderly

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#20

Seven Wonders Of Japanese

Seven Wonders Of Japanese

The 7th wonder can be found on my FB or blog.

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#21

Train Etiquette

Train Etiquette

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#22

Sayonara

Sayonara

"Sayonara" means goodbye but has a sense of finality to it, so don't use it to your clients!

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#23

Stairs

Stairs

There is a great number of staircases and very few escalators and lifts at smaller train stations.

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#24

Impressive Customer Service

Impressive Customer Service

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#25

Office Toilet

Office Toilet

I went to a Japanese company for an interview before I decided to leave Japan. When I went to the ladies toilet, I saw a nice wooden locker cabinet mounted on the wall with small compartments. I know Japanese are very particular about hygiene but to see a locker for toothbrushes and sanitary stuff is a whole new world for me...

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#26

Designated Smoking Area

Designated Smoking Area

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#27

Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice

Somehow sushi rice will fall off when you eat outside of Japan...

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#28

Japanese Speak English

Japanese Speak English

Based on the real story at a sushi restaurant...

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#29

Kids In Trains

Kids In Trains

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#30

Hairdresser

Hairdresser

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#31

Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers

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#32

Muscle Training

Muscle Training

You'll get to train your muscles in Japan because there's a lot of stairs, not many escalators, and lifts! So imagine all the luggage you have to carry up and down while transiting to the airport to train stations and in-between hotels...

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#33

Hiking

Hiking

I really feel like melting recently...

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#34

Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station

It is a place where Google maps fail and all hope is lost to find the specific exits...

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#35

Giving Way To Those Who Really Need To Use The Lifts

Giving Way To Those Who Really Need To Use The Lifts

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#36

Introducing

Introducing

We only network with a plate full of food in our hands.

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#37

Accurate Weather Forecasts

Accurate Weather Forecasts

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#38

Convenient Stores

Convenient Stores

I often go to convenient stores to buy bento, snacks, cakes or vegetables when I was in Japan. Sometimes I will pass by their adult magazine section and wonder if I should play a prank by browsing through it and see the reaction of customers and staff. But I wasn't brave enough and abandoned the idea...

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#39

Cyclists Are Considerate

Cyclists Are Considerate

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#40

Promotion

Promotion

Japanese companies do not let employees specialize in one skill but instead be a Jack of all trades. So even if the employee graduated from an engineering school, they will place him in sales. During the promotion, they may even transfer a sales assistant manager to Human Resource!

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#41

Safety

Safety

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#42

Comic Conventions

Comic Conventions

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#43

Recycle

Recycle

Though it's good to recycle...

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#44

Takeaway

Takeaway

I heard that no take away of leftovers from restaurants and buffet was allowed because of a major food poisoning that happened some years ago. Caterers and restaurants did not want to be liable if anything happens. Bento is ok because they have an expiry date and storage instructions on the packaging

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#45

Final Decision

Final Decision

Although Japanese love to have meetings to gain a common consensus, they also may decide important things among themselves and simply let the employee know their final decision without discussing with them.

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#46

Amazing Japanese Women At Shibuya

Amazing Japanese Women At Shibuya

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#47

Name Cards

Name Cards

Based on my friends' real stories. Quite amazing that the CEO has to approve name cards too!

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#48

Diagonal Crossing

Diagonal Crossing

The diagonal crossing will no longer be the same again!

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#49

Drawing Session

Drawing Session

I was surprised when I attended a life drawing session in Tokyo and all the artists flipped their pages as soon as a break was announced. Perhaps the Japanese do not like to show off their work and prefer to keep things to themselves...?

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#50

Dashing Rickshaw Pullers

Dashing Rickshaw Pullers

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